Study Findings on the Effects of Watching DVDs Deigned to Teach Vocabulary on Infants and Toddlers

Based on the results from two studies, infants & toddlers learn relatively low from watching DVD deisgned to teach words for infants/toddlers even though this type of DVD did not risk children's attentional problems. Direct interaction with parents is still best way to learn new words for infants/toddlers.

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1: "Do Babies Learn From Baby Media?," Psychological Science, 2010, by JS DeLoache, C Chiong, K Sherman. (Citations: 84).

Abstract In recent years, parents in the United States and worldwide have purchased enormous numbers of videos and DVDs designed and marketed for infants, many assuming that their children would benefit from watching them. We examined how many new words ...



1: "Associations Between Content Types Of Early Media Exposure And Subsequent Attentional Problems," Pediatrics, 2007, by FJ Zimmerman, DA Christakis. (Citations: 146).

OBJECTIVE. Television and video/DVD viewing among very young children has become both pervasive and heavy. Previous studies have reported an association between early media exposure and problems with attention regulation but did not have data on the content type that children watched. We tested the hypothesis that early television viewing of 3 content types is associated with subsequent attentional problems. The 3 different content types are educational, nonviolent entertainment, and violent entertainment. METHODS. Participants were children in a nationally representative sample collected in 1997 and reassessed in 2002. The analysis was a logistic regression of a high score on a validated parent-reported measure of attentional problems, regressed on early television exposure by content and several important sociodemographic control variables. RESULTS. Viewing of educational television before age 3 was not associated with attentional problems 5 years later. However, viewing of either violent or non-violent entertainment television before age 3 was significantly associated with subsequent attentional problems, and the magnitude of the association was large. Viewing of any content type at ages 4 to 5 was not associated with subsequent problems. CONCLUSIONS. The association between early television viewing and subsequent attentional problems is specific to noneducational viewing and to viewing before age 3.


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Study Findings on the Effects of Watching DVDs Deigned to Teach Vocabulary on Infants and Toddlers

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